Emilee Harden, Event Manager

Emilee Harden is the Event Manager for Akademia Brewing Co. She is a proud UGA dawg and is passionate about creating events that are uniquely brewed to fit you! With over a decade of experience in bartending, serving, and event coordinating/management for groups such as the J.W. Marriott, Prime Oncology, Web MD, and the Cloister, a Sea Island Resort, Emilee is proud to head the Akademia Brewing Co. team and strives to ensure a stress-free and seamless experience. Along with the well-trained and dedicated team members below, Emilee is confident that from booking to last call, your event will be one-of-a-kind, paired the highest quality of service and some of the best beer Georgia has to offer!

Grant Allen, Event Team Member and Event Manager

Grant is a University of Georgia graduate, receiving a degree in music composition and a certification in music business. In addition to acting as the Public Events/Entertainment Manager and resident sound technician for Akademia Brewing Co., Grant brings his extensive experience in customer service and his myriad of event hosting, serving, and bartending skills to his role as an event team member! In between events and live music at the brewpub, Grant works as a sound engineer and music producer for Full Moon Studio in Watkinsville, GA. Grant is passionate about people, music, and beer, and his goal is to ensure that everyone’s experience at Akademia is unforgettable.

Jasmine Hall, Event Team Member

Having cultivated two decades of experience in the event and food/beverage industries, Jasmine is excited to bring her extensive knowledge to the Akademia Brewing Co. event team. Jasmine's experience includes bartending and serving across the South as well as event coordinating for various wedding venues, restaurants, and even a dueling piano bar: she really has done it all! As the event team's premier Craft Cocktail Specialist/Designer, event server, and event bartender, we are proud to have Jasmine representing Akademia Brewing Co. because we know she will provide an amazing experience and make your event spectacular!

Madison Tammen, Event Team Member

Madison Tammen is an integral part of Akademia Brewing Company's Management and Events Teams. She is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in biology at the University of North Georgia and hopes to pursue a career in lab research. Madison has years of experience in many aspects of the service industry, and she will use this experience to make sure your event at Akademia Brewing Co. is one of a kind!

Leila Mohammadizadeh, Event Team Member

Leila is a proud member of the Event Team at Akademia. She is a UGA graduate (go dawgs!) and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in mental health counseling. When she is not working with children as a caretaker, she is serving up cocktails, bad jokes, and the guarantee of a memorable time at her favorite brewery in Athens - Akademia, of course! Leila is passionate about ensuring every guest has a wonderful event experience and would love to be a part of your next event at Akademia Brewing Co!

Caroline Snipes, Event Team Member

Caroline began bartending at Akademia in February of 2022. Though she is one of our newest bartenders, Caroline's passion for quality cocktails, extensive beer palate, and dedication to exceptional customer service makes her an excellent addition to the Akademia Brewing Co. event team. Caroline is currently pursuing a degree in communications from UNG. Caroline’s favorite ABC beer is the Java Kong stout, and she has dedicated herself to perfecting her favorite cocktail, the Lemon Drop Martini. Caroline is looking forward to giving you an exceptional experience for your events!

Abby Polak, Executive Assistant

Abby has been with Akademia for a year now, moving from hostess to server, and now applies the skills learned from these positions as the Event Team Executive Assistant! Abby is working towards a marketing degree at UGA (go dawgs!) and will be graduating in May of 2022. She plans to pursue a career as a technical recruiter and is excited for the opportunity to gain experience in event coordinating. Since working at Akademia, Abby has developed a passion for beer, especially her favorite ABC craft brew: Hoprodisiac! Abby is looking forward to planning and executing your ideal event.

Matthew Casey, Executive Chef & Catering Manager